Election 2016

$15 Minimum Wage Is a Deciding Factor for Many Low-Wage Voters (VIDEO)

Fight For 15 protesters clash with presidential candidates on defining a living wage.

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Outside last night's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fight For 15 protesters marched in support of nearly doubling the minimum wage. Currently, Senator Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate who advocates raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Hillary Clinton has been firm in her compromise proposal to raise the wage to $12, but no higher. 

Wisconsin's minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal minimum wage. Fight For 15, a nationwide movement, has a similar protest planned outside the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, to coincide with the next GOP debate this Saturday. 

"All these policians are chasing these votes across South Carolina and we’ll be right outside with more than 1,000 votes saying, if you want our vote, come get our vote," announced Kendall Fells, an organizer with Fight For 15. "We don't care if you're a Democrat or Republican ... you have to promise two things: $15 and a union."

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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